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From a dispersed series depicting Mughal Emperors: Akbar Shah II (r.1806-37). Lucknow, circa mid-19th century. Opaque watercolour with gold on wasli. 24.6 x 16.5cm
Akbar II (1760–1837) was the penultimate Mughal Emperor but who during the time of his reign was merely puppet to British rule. By 1835 the British held so little regard for him that they reduced his title to 'King of Delhi', nevertheless there bgan a period of nostalgia for the Mughals who had provided the greater part of India a prolonged period of stability.
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